Home Security Monitoring now for Child Safety
Child home safety is one of the top priorities for parents. That's why a combination of these top 10 child safety tips and consideration of central monitoring for child safety will help make your home about as safe as it can be for your children.
Top Ten Home Safety Tips
The reasons for the average of 2,096 annual deaths of children ages 14 and under are fire, suffocation, drowning, choking, poison, falls and firearms, in that order (http://www.safekids.org/our-work/research/fact-sheets/home-safety-fact-sheet.html). These kid safety tips revolve around those causes of death.
Fire and Burn Prevention
- Install smoke alarms and make sure everyone in the family knows what they sound like and what they need to do when the alarms go off.
- Establish a fire exit plan and have drills so the family knows exactly where to go in the event of a fire.
- Set your hot water to 120° (Fahrenheit) to prevent any scalding burns.
- Make sure you turn pot handles toward the back of your stove and use the back burners as much as possible.
To Prevent Falls
- Keep the stairs free of clutter.
- Maintain bright lights over stairways.
- Consider installing grab bars and using non-slip mats in the shower/tub.
To Prevent Poisoning
- Keep any cleaning products, medications and beauty products where children cannot reach them, use safety packaging and child safety locks on storage cabinets.
- Consider the size of a toilet paper tube when clearing the small items from kid-prone areas because that is the item size that can cause a young child to choke.
- Place infants on their backs when putting them in the crib and do not put anything in the crib with the child.
Consider the use of a central monitoring system so that in the event of an emergency, children can be quickly reassured, assisted and help can be quickly dispatched. The way these systems work is that you pay a monthly, quarterly or annual fee for monitoring. If an alarm is tripped because of an intruder, fire or any other alarm causing activity, it is relayed to a central monitoring facility. That, in turn, will cause a relay to the proper emergency agency personnel local to the home. When that individual receives the alarm notification, s/he will attempt to contact someone at the home or the first available responder (Note: non-emergency situation contact is usually made during normal daytime business hours).
The central monitoring system also offers a two-way voice feature. That way communication can be exchanged with home members, including children, to deal with any emergency or non-emergency situation. This feature is also used to decide if the situation may be a false alarm.
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Other prevention strategies include taking advantage of community programs that promote and sometimes even give away smoke alarms. Often, there are counseling and education opportunities regarding home safety in community facilities like libraries, fire and police departments and educational institutions like community colleges.